In Life Skills today we launched our Online Sexual Health and Wellbeing Development module – students watched a short talk from myself with some key messages about safety, wellbeing, healthy relationships, consent, respect and kindness, harassment and assault, FGM, CSE, the law regarding sexting, and the fact that no one should ever be made to feel uncomfortable in college, at home, in public, at parties, or at work.
The overarching message is that no one is ever alone and no one should ever feel no one is listening.
We reminded students that they can talk to the NSPCC or Childline about any concerns, and that the safeguarding team in college is trained to talk about issues with students, and we are always available. We can be contacted by anyone that is concerned for the wellbeing of one of our students by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or asking to speak to Louise Henderson, Nicky Miller, or Rebecca Anderson.
Students now have a week to explore the videos and links from professional external agencies and trusted sources of support. They have been reminded that some of the content is unsuitable for younger siblings and so they should think about when and where to access the material.
Our aim is to encourage the young people under our care to be kind, independent, resilient, well informed – to know the facts, where to find the facts, and where to find support.
Students were reminded to take care of themselves and each other.
Year 12s are being guided through the material but it has also been shared with Year 13s, who should remind themselves of key messages and resources as they move onto their next steps.
Please do contact me if you would like a copy of the presentation and materials, including the talk, and get in touch if you have any questions. And, as ever, please do keep in touch if you have any concerns about your young person or if we can help in any way.
All the best,